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Brazil win in straight sets as Greece claim win No 3

June 11, 2005 Defending champions Brazil restored some sense of normality to Pool A, following last week's unexpected defeat to Portugal, by beating Japan 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-21) in their opening match of round three in Gifu on Saturday while Greece had five players reach double figures in their 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 19-25, 25-14) win over Argentina in their Pool C match in front of 11,000 fans in Buenos Aires.
Pic: Ilias Lappas, scorer of 12 points for Greece, is in full flight against Argentina
World number one Brazil overcame their disappointing defeat last week in Portugal to complete a one-sided win over Japan. The four-time World League champions didn't enjoy the best of starts in the first set due to numerous serving errors and opened the door for Japan to be a threat through the spiking of veteran captain Masaji Ogino and Marcos Sugiyama. But Brazil showed their class at the crucial time to claim the set by two points.

From then on it was all Brazil, despite the fact that Japan tried their utmost to upset the rhythm of the Olympic and world champions by using their second string setter, Taiji Yamamoto.

Brazil moved to the top of Pool A with four victories but have played one extra match than Portugal, who could draw level again following their first game against Venezuela on Saturday, while Japan is still struggling to find their first win this year.

Meanwhile, in Buenos Aires, Nikolaos Roumeliotis, Antonios Tsakiropoulos, Ilias Lappas, Chrysanthos Kyriazis and Sotirios Pantaleon each reached double figures for Greece as the visitors claimed their third win in five matches.

The victory consolidates Greece's position in second place in Pool C behind unbeaten Poland while Argentina remain bottom of the group with one solitary win.
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